Haskovo is a city, an administrative centre of the homonymous Haskovo Province in southern Bulgaria, not far from the borders with Greece and Turkey. Strategically nestled between the Rhodopi and the Balkan mountain ranges, the region enjoys a pleasant climate and easy transportation access. It is a natural center for cultural events.
The Virgin Mary Monument - Monday to Sunday 08.30am - 06.00pm. The Highest in the world statue of the Holy Virgin Mary with the Infant was built in 2003. In 2005 The Highest in the world statue of the Holy Virgin Mary was included into the book of Guinness World Records, and since 2009 it was also entered into the List of the Hundred National Tourist Sights in Bulgaria. It is made of polymer concrete and weighs 120 tons. The overall height of the monument is 32.8 meters, and its attractiveness is supplemented by The Nativity of the Virgin chapel, which was built inside the base of the statue. The Yamacha Hill on which the Statue stands offers a fascinating breathtaking view over the city. Free
The Bell Tower in the town of Haskovo - Monday to Sunday 08.30am - 06.00pm. In the summer of 2010, next to the Monument of Virgin Mary in the city of Haskovo, the edifice of the Belfry was built up. Rising to nearly thirty meters, the Belfry next to the Virgin Mary Monument in the city of Haskovo, is one of the highest on the Balkan Peninsula. On top of it there are eight bells of varying size and total weight little over one tone. The Belfry is open to visitors every day. Free
The Aleksandrovo Tomb - Tuesday to Sunday 09:00am – 05:00pm; Monday closed. The tomb in the vicinity of the village of Aleksandrovo dates back to the IV century BC, and is one of the most prominent monuments of the ancient Thracian culture. It was discovered in 2000 by the famous archaeologist Georgi Kitov (1943 - 2008). Its impressive size ranks the tomb among the most monumental ones on the Bulgarian lands. The exceptionally well-preserved frescoes enrich with new data our knowledge and notions of the Thracian religious rituals, cults, weapons, clothing and lifestyle. In 2009 the Thracian Art Museum of the Eastern Rhodopes opened its doors in the immediate proximity to the tomb. The people of Japan had donated nearly $ 3 million for the construction of this Museum. The huge museum complex was inaugurated personally jointly by the Japanese crown prince's brother - Prince Akishino and the President of the Republic of Bulgaria Georgi Parvanov. The 98 gold decorations and jewels (4500 - 4000 BC), discovered in the northern part of the Sakar Mountain are amongst the most memorable and impressive exhibits of the museum. Together with the gold ornaments from the Varna necropolis and the necklace discovered in the vicinity of the Hotnitsa village, these gold works prove to be the most ancient processed gold ornaments in the world. Children of less than 6 years, coach drivers, disabled persons: free, adults: 4 Lv (2 €), students and seniors (as from 65 years): 2 Lv (1 €).
The Assumption Church in the Village of Uzundjovo - Monday to Sunday 08.30am - 06.00pm. The Assumption is the largest rural church in Bulgaria. It combines in an amazing way various elements of Christianity and Islam. Built initially as a Christian temple, in 1593 it was destroyed by the Ottoman Empire. A mosque was erected in its place – it was a part of a large estate of caravan seraglio, which according to the chronicles-writers resembled a fortress, whose central entrance is preserved until the present days. In the early 20th century the Turkish government returned the property back to Bulgaria and the reconstruction of the mosque into a church began at that time. In 2007 the church was thoroughly reconstructed by the Haskovo Municipality. During the restoration works two medieval inscriptions in Arabic on religious-philosophical topics were discovered, but these latter inscriptions have not yet been accurately dated. All the icons and frescoes were restored. The Tryavna painter Master Darin Bozhkov carved a new iconostasis, which by its size ranks among the three biggest and most impressive ones in the country. The windows were decorated with fascinating stained glass works, depicting scenes from the life of the Mother of God. In the last century the Assumption church in the village of Uzundjovo was proclaimed to be a cultural heritage monument. Free
Park Kenana - Take a walk in the park Kenana. Kenana is the largest park on the territory of Haskovo Municipality. It is situated in the north-eastern part of the city. The largest part of the park is put under timber. There is a variety of wood spices spread. “The small and big wood”, the rose garden, the wood garden and the “dried river” are of great interest from dendrological point of view. A wide alley, 2.5 km long, extends along the park. A new alley, parallel to the main one and specialized for bike-riders, is planned to be constructed. There are numerous of cafeterias, hotels, swimming pools, an open-air cinema, children’s spot, sports facilities. The tennis-courts are located here. The zoo-garden of Haskovo is situated in the park of Kenana.
Haskovo is one of the cities in Bulgaria with the greatest variety of stores. You can spend a whole weekend shopping and you'll find incredible things. The huge store, named after the twin town in the past - Tashkent, is by now a favorite place for shopping. With the renewed facade, the department store has housed under its roof dozens of boutiques and goldsmith ateliers, and if you decide to indulge in unique goods Haskovo abounds with them.
Alafrangite Restaurant - The restaurant is situated in the central part of the city in a quiet and pleasant atmosphere. It is located in the old Revival house. The place makes its visitors charmed by the enormous variety of menu and wine types available. Payments via all types of credit and debit cards are available. For reservations: +359 38 664 400; +359 886 587 718;
Barcode is a place for R&B, techno and pop. Every night there are different parties. Address:3 San Stefano, tel: +35988 917 0333
Haskovo city has disposable a variety of hotels and guest-houses which can satisfy even the most discriminating taste.
Tourist Information Centre Town of Haskovo
1A Rakovski Blvd. 6300 Haskovo, Bulgaria
Phone: 00359 / 38 / 666 444 Fax: 00359 / 38 / 666 444
Skype/ICQ: tourism.haskovo E-mail:email@example.com www.haskovo.com